What are Arthur "Boo" Radley's beliefs, values and motivations in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Boo Radley serves as a physically absent, yet legendary presence for much of To Kill a Mockingbird. As the subject of much public scrutiny and gossip, most of Maycomb chooses to perpetuate the mythology around Boo: that Boo once stabbed his father with a pair of scissors and has since then chosen to prowl the town at night, feasting on small animals and lurking in shadows. 

In reality, Boo was severely punished by his father as a child; after a prank went wrong, Boo's father had him locked up in the house, an isolation which lasted for fifteen years. This abuse--as well as the cruelty of the townspeople of Maycomb--turned Boo into a reclusive man. Regardless,...

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